Comparison of Auditor and Guest Access

Guest, Auditor (Student) and Staff Auditor roles are designed to give limited, "read-only" access to courses.

Guest

This role gives non-UNSW users access to non-award Moodle courses. Guest access can be enabled in Moodle self-enrolment courses (with Head of Organisation permission). Users access content anonymously but can't participate in activities that require an identity within Moodle. e.g. Assignments.

Auditor (Student)

This role typically allows postgraduate students access to courses that they are not enrolled in but that contain information their supervisors consider vital to their studies (permission must be obtained from Academic Administration by the supervisor via the faculty or school TELT Admin).

An auditor has access to content and most tools in Moodle but only in a read-only mode. Auditors typically do not have access to plugin services like Turnitin.

Staff Auditor

A Staff Auditor has access to content and most tools in Moodle but only in a read-only mode. Staff Auditors typically do not have access to plugin services like Turnitin.

 

Key  
  Fully accessible. User can view and interact with activity or resource as if the user has a student role.
  Partially accessible. User will be able to see the activity or resource but will not be able to fully interact, contribute or participate.
  Not accessible. User cannot see or interact with the activity or resource content. The link to the item may or not be visible on the course page.

 

 

Guest

 

Staff and Student Auditor

 

Viewable

Functional

     

Viewable

Functional

   
Resources
Book Yes Yes       Yes Yes    
File Yes Yes       Yes Yes    
Folder Yes Yes       Yes Yes    
IMS Package Yes Yes       Yes Yes    
Lightbox Gallery Yes Yes       Yes Yes    
Page Yes Yes       Yes Yes    
URL Yes Yes       Yes Yes    
Activities
Advanced Forum Yes No   Discussions topics and are visible but posts are not visible.   Yes No   Discussions topics and posts are visible but posting is not allowed.
Assignment Yes No   Guest can view instructions but cannot submit to assignment   No No   Auditor can view instructions but cannot submit to assignment
Attendance No No   Attendance link is not visible on course page   No No   Attendance link is not visible on course page
BlackBoard Collaborate Yes No   Guests can only access BB Collaborate as guests if the instructor shares the guest link as a url   Yes Yes    
Certificate No No   Certificate link is not visible on course page   No No   Certificate link is not visible on course page
Chat Yes No   Chat link is visible on course page but is not accessible   Yes No   Chat link is visible on course page but is not accessible
Choice Yes No   Choice link is visible on course page   No No   Choice link is visible on course page
Database Yes No   Guest can view but cannot add to or edit database   Yes No  
Auditor can view but cannot add to or edit database
Dialogue Yes No   Can view instructions but there will never be any messages to view   Yes No   Can view instructions but there will never be any messages to view
Feedback Yes No   Feedback link is visible on course page   Yes No   Feedback link is visible on course page
Forum Yes No   Discussions topics and are visible but posts are not visible.   Yes No   Discussions topics and posts are visible but posting is not allowed.
Glossary Yes No   Guest can view but cannot contribute to Glossary   No No   Guest can view but cannot contribute to Glossary
Group Selection Yes No   Can see group names but not group members   Yes Yes   Cannot see group members but can enrol themselves into a group
Lesson No No   Lesson link is visible on course page   No No   Lesson link is visible on course page
Media Collection Yes Yes   Exhibits known issues:
  • Media window appears too small within lightbox
  • Guest can add comments to media as user "Guest"
  Yes Yes   Exhibits known issues:
  • Media window appears too small within lightbox
  • Auditor can add comments to media as themselves
Media Collection Assignment Yes Yes   Exhibits known issues:
  • Guest can create a gallery and upload files. They cannot submit the assignment to the assignment activity
  Yes Yes   Exhibits known issues:
  • Auditor can create a gallery and upload files. They cannot submit the assignment to the assignment activity
OU Blog No No       Yes No   OU Blog link is visible on course page
OU Wiki No No       No No    
Questionnaire No No       Yes No   Questionnaire link is visible on course page
Quiz No No   Quiz link visible on course page   Yes Yes   Auditor can only preview the quiz and view their past preview attempts
Scheduler No No   Scheduler link visible on course page   No No    
SCORM Yes Yes   No grade passed to the gradebook   Yes Yes   No grade passes to the gradebook
Teambuilder No No   Teambuilder link visible on course page   No No   Teambuilder link visible on course page
Tii Assignment Yes No   Instructions are visible but Guest cannot submit   No No    
Wiki No No   Wiki link visible on course page   Yes No   Wiki link visible on course page
UNSW Workshop Yes No   UNSW Workshop link is visible and instructions are viewable but Guest cannot participate   No No    
External Tools
Adaptive eLEarning No No   Adaptive eLEarning link is visible on course page   No No   Adaptive eLEarning link is visible on course page
Virtura No No   Virtura link is visible on course page   No No   Virtura link is visible on course page
QMP No No   QMP link is visible on course page   No No   QMP link is visible on course page
Student Survey No No   Student Survey link is visible on course page   No No   Student Survey link is visible on course page
Leganto No No   Leganto link is visible on course page   No No   Leganto link is visible on course page
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Yes Yes   Guest can fully participate as a user but cannot set unique name. i.e. "Guest User" is their name Collaborate Ultra. Guest URL works as expected - where users can create their own name for the session.   No No